In honour of Dietitians week 2017 we though we would create our first YouTube video!! We take a look at 10 reasons you can trust a dietitian for nutritional advice.
Excuse the small children (multitasking child care and filming) and stray husbands!
- You have to be qualified to degree level to work as a dietitian.
- The term ‘Dietitian’ is a legally protected title which means you have to be qualified as a dietitian to call yourself one.
- Dietitians have to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to practice. This means we have to adhere to standards of conduct, performance and ethics.
- To re-register every 2 years with the HCPC we have to show evidence of continuing professional development to show we are keeping up-to-date with current practice and evidence.
- A Dietitian would never recommend a quick fix or fad diet, we would always base our advice on evidence-based research and guidelines and tailor the information to the person.
- We would never recommend you spend lots of money on pills, potions on shakes as you can get everything you need from food unless there is a medical reason.
- Dietitians wouldn’t recommend a detox regimen as we studied biology and biochemistry and know our kidneys and liver detox our body for us!
- A Dietitian would never recommend any extreme diets that cut out large food groups that could lead to nutritional deficiencies and long-term health problems.
- We would always think holistically and tailor our nutritional advice to the person.
- Dietitians are all experts in different areas of nutrition. For example, if you had gastro (tummy) problems you would see a gastro dietitian or you had kidney failure you would see a dietitian specialising in kidney disease.
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Louise and Sarah x
P.S. As well as Dietitians, you can also trust Registered Nutritionists (RNutr) and Associated Nutritionists (ANutr) as they are registered with the Association of Nutrition in the UK.